Wilderness Instructor

Job Description

Wilderness Treatment Center is a family owned, 60 day, inpatient chemical dependency treatment program for teens and young men between the ages of 14 and 24.

Widely known as one of the first and finest wilderness based addiction therapy programs in the world, Wilderness Treatment Center has been successfully treating adolescent and young men with substance abuse disorder for more than 30 years. 

Our facility is located on a 4,000 acre working cattle ranch in Northwest Montana. In 1983, the M-Lazy-V ranch was converted from a working dude ranch to a treatment facility and now provides the perfect setting free of distractions, enabling our patients to focus on recovery.

Wilderness Treatment Center’s philosophy is based on taking young men with a history of substance abuse disorder on a journey from hopelessness to discovery. We then provide patients with the tools to address their addiction and a path toward recovery. We combine a conventional 30 day inpatient stay leveraging the principles embodied in the 12 Steps with a 16 to 21 day therapeutic expedition.

When a typical 30 day program is discharging their patients, Wilderness Treatment Center is sending our young men on a wilderness therapy expedition.  Our 16 to 21 day wilderness trips provide our patients opportunities to put the past 30 days of treatment to work. The backcountry enables patients to address “real-world” relapse prevention in a natural, drug free environment. 

Wilderness therapy provides opportunities for these young men to confront physical, emotional and spiritual stress and address these feelings and situations using the tools they have learned throughout treatment.  Each trip is guided by a licensed addiction counselor and instructor certified as a Wilderness First Responder.

During the expeditions we also focus on self-esteem, teamwork and sober fun creating a rite of passage for our patients.  These important life skills are accomplished through peak climbs, backcountry skiing, flying fishing, cooking as well as leadership and navigation responsibilities throughout the trip.  Our patients often return from trip in the best physical shape they have been in the past several years, and even more importantly, the best emotional and spiritual shape they have been in their lives.

The responsibilities of the wilderness instructor position are to lead 6 to 7 trips a year, 16 to 21 days in length. Group sizes are 6 to 8 young men between the ages of 14 and 24. Each trip has two instructors, the other instructor being a licensed addiction counselor. When not on a trip, the instructors’ duties during a regular 40-hour week include; recreation activities, work crew, logistic assistance, equipment maintenance, and some driving.

Benefits include:  Starting salary is based on experience and certifications.  After 6 months of employment and completion of probationary period you receive 80 hours of personal leave, from that point forward you will earn personal leave at a rate of 16 hours per month. You will also be eligible for our matching retirement package after one year of employment. We offer a $500.00 annual training allowance and equipment purchases at our cost on a 90-day payment plan. We have an incentive pay plan that rewards longevity. It is first paid at the end of your second year of employment and then each year on your anniversary date. It is based on days in the wilderness. The end of your second year $20.00 per each day in the wilderness, end of your third year $25.00, end of your fourth year $30.00 which is the maximum. Each instructor spends approximately 90 to 100 days in the wilderness each year. 

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Please email Matt Brekke at [email protected].

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